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    Studio CTC designs twin skyscrapers topped with rice paddies

    Mexican architectural firm Studio Cachoua Torres Camilletti has envisioned a pair of curvilinear towers supported by a host of sustainable concepts including vertical farming, aquaculture, and wind energy.

    Shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival 2014 awards, Studio CTC’s conceptual skyscraper is designed to be built in Hong Kong and was inspired by the duality of the city’s cultural history and contemporary modern architecture.

    Studio CTC split the mixed-use skyscraper in two, with commercial office space and lifestyle amenities making up the larger tower and residential space reserved for the smaller tower.

    Pedestrian bridges and structure trusses connect the inner glazed and solar panel-clad facades of the towers, while the space between the two structures resembles an artificial rock canyon that hosts lush garden space.

    The rooftop terraces of both towers support an urban agriculture system of functioning rice paddies, growing what is one of China’s staple crops.

    Aquaculture, solar power, mass transit connections, a gray water system, rainwater collection, and an on-site recycling centre can also be found in multiple areas of the buildings.

    Studio CTC propose for the skyscraper to be powered by an underground nuclear energy system, which would gradually be phased out by a renewable energy alternative.

    Courtesy Arch Daily

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